8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  30​min
2
Kobe
— 1 night
Train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  45​min
4
Nara
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Shirakawa-mura
— 1 night
Drive + Train:  3​h 45​min
6
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Singapore

1
night
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Osaka day trip website .

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Singapore in March; daily highs in Osaka reach 16°C and lows reach 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Kuchu Teien Observatory ©
Kuchu Teien Observatory

1
night
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, don't miss a visit to Ishoan, then don't miss a visit to Nunohiki River Valley, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Kobe Chuo Church.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kobe trip planner .

Kobe is very close to Osaka. March in Kobe sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Catholic Kobe Chuo Church ©
Catholic Kobe Chuo Church
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

1
night
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Kyoto tour itinerary planning tool .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Kobe. In March, daytime highs in Kyoto are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Heian Shrine ©
Heian Shrine

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night
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nara travel site .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In March, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

1
night
Shirakawa-mura

Shirakawa-mura ©
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
On the 8th (Sun), take in panoramic vistas at Tenshukakau Observatory, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then contemplate the long history of Wada House, and finally steep yourself in history at Nagase house.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Shirakawa-mura online holiday maker .

Traveling by car from Nara to Shirakawa-mura takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Nara in March, things will get a bit cooler in Shirakawa-mura: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites Museums
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Nagase house ©
Nagase house

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, make a trip to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and finally get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To see photos and more tourist information, use the Tokyo online journey maker .

Traveling by combination of car and train from Shirakawa-mura to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Shirakawa-mura in March, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 17°C and 7°C. On the 10th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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